I want to know if your team gives you enough bang for your buck. And by ‘buck’ I mean it in a number of different ways. The financial investments: tickets, merchandise and maybe some of you like myself with the Cubs, a way to watch the games like MLB.tv. The emotional investment: the time spent watching games, the energy put into rooting for your team, the mental effort put into analyzing the decisions your manager or general manager make with your club and the amount of heart put into celebrating your team’s victories/agonizing over defeats/arguing with fans of other teams, especially rivals over whose team is better.
Take the Cubs for instance. You arguably can’t get more bang for your buck. The moment a new title pennant flies at Wrigley, the Cubs would be the team that give its fans more bang for their buck than any other team in baseball. The history: huge. The drama: unmatched. The stadium: historic. The reputation their fans have with other fans: lovable losers…basically bottom of the barrel, respected yet bashed with glee (especially by their rivals’ fans). The players…just to name a few: Soriano. Ignites Cubs games on a regular basis with leadoff home runs. Regular representative of the team come the All-Star game. Raises the heat on debates on where in the order he should hit. Carries himself like a professional and makes Cubs fans proud to root for him. Bang for your buck? Absolutely.
Theriot. Awesome nickname: The Riot. Awesome first name: Ryan. It is my name and sounds like Sandberg’s first name. Hard to go wrong there. Hustles on every hit ball and is among team leaders in all hitting categories. Helping carry this team during a very tough stretch where extremely important keys to the team’s success have been injured. Bang for your buck? You bet.
Bradley. Controversial off the bat (pun intended) which is always entertaining providing lots of bang for the buck. A huge threat when hitting well and finally in a long term deal, first of his career. Love hate relationship with the fans….love hate relationship with the media…love hate relationship with…I’m guessing you name it. Bang for your buck? Possibly only Zambrano tops Bradley for most interesting character on this team.
Lee. Batting champ on the resume. Team leader. Scapegoat. Absolutely dangerous when he hits his stride. Hoffpauir hot on his trail causing fan debate as to whether it’s time to let Micah take the role full-time away from Lee. Talented, hot topic, leader in the clubhouse and proven winner. Bang for your buck? Please, absolutely.
Soto. Rookie of the Year. Sophomore slump. First rookie catcher to start an all-star game in forever. Handles one of the most talented starting rotations in all of baseball and from what I’ve read on several female Cubs fan blogger sites…apparently the ladies are big fans as well. Bang for your buck? YUP.
Fukudome. Please. From the off-season where all we could talk about as Cubs fans was will he-won’t he up through opening day against the Brewers at Wrigley to the cool headbands, through the hot first half of his rookie season to the crash of his second half and a decent start to ’09. Plus you know the club must be thrilled with what he does for the organization in overseas merch and interest in the club. Bang for your buck? Tons…and bang for your yen as well for that matter.
The bench. This is where you really tell if you’ve got a team that gives you bang for your buck, or just a few over-priced stars and everyone else who happens to dress the same as them everyday. The Cubs’ bench has managed to step up and keep our team in the thick of the NL Central race and provided fans with quality guys to root for. This bench as a whole has become the 2009 version of DeRosa when it comes to heart, versatility and ability to step up and fill in in a crunch when injuries happen. Without our talented bench, the Cubs would be in a lot of trouble right now heading into the the thick of Summer. Bang for your buck? Over and over again (thankfully).
Zambrano, Harden, Lilly, Dempster, Marshall. You bring your guys and we’ll bring ours. I like our chances, injuries, ups and downs and all. Bang for your buck? No matter what day it is, you got it. Especially Zambrano. Bananas. Cramps. Tantrums. Strikeouts. Opening day starts. No hitter. Team Ace. Beating up catchers in the dugout. And a ton of heart. Bang for your buck? Maybe the definition of said phrase.
Like I said…this club could arguably be the one team in the league that provides the most bang for your buck. And I’ll go ahead and say it flat out, I believe they do just that…and there is no argument to be had come the day they raise a new World Series title pennant.
Cubs fans…think of a reason this is true that I forgot to list? Tell me in the comments. And fans of other teams who disagree and believe that their team in fact gives them and their team’s fans more bang for your buck…tell me their too. Interested to hear your thoughts.
Great run lately for the Cubs. Love the fight we’re seeing and loving that with even with all the injuries, we are right in the thick of this thing. Harden’s turn tomorrow in Detroit. And since I mentioned Ryne earlier…as a side note, I completely agree Ryno. Completely agree. Go Cubs Go!